Pardon me, but I think we're getting a little side-tracked here. Let me see if I can answer this question:
Thanks for all the input. I just received a notice yesterday from AVG stating that the program must be updated by Apr. 12th. After that there won't be any support for 7.5.
So, I will need to make a decision by then. What do you think of Avira?
From this post I think you're moving in the right direction. One of the main things you need to worry about is if and for how long updated definitions are continued for AVG 7.5. There is a pinned topic that is supposed to be restricted to whether or not definition updates for 7.5 are still being issued or not.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/145444/avg-antivirus-program-version-75/
AVG issues announcements of cutoff dates but keep pushing it back. As far as support ending for the AVG 7.5 program itself, that just means if you run across a bug or other technical problem with the program, you are on your own if you are a paying customer--you get the same, less than stellar (that txtchr
has mentioned) forum support as users of the free version. For the most part that support is going to be to upgrade to the new version. In general it is good security policy to keep all your programs up to date, especially security software. Malware can exploit holes left open in any program, not just Windows and malware authors are upgrading their technology, so security software needs to upgrade to keep up. So at this point it is better to decide whether or not to upgrade to AVG 8.5 or switch to another anitvirus (AV) program.
In the topic previously mentioned, ruby1 has posted that she is still getting definition updates. How much longer this will last I have no idea. That thread is intended also for people running older operating systems--98SE and older because beginning with version 8.0 of AVG, those are no longer compatible. So they are trying to hold on to 7.5 as long as they can. My opinion and advice is that users of older OS's should switch to Avast and users of 2000/XP and above should either switch to AVG 8.x or another antivirus.
There are three free antivirus programs that are relatively well known and (also relatively) reliable that also include on access scanners, also known as real time scanners, that guard you against getting infected in the first place. Altho AVG has lost its reputation in my eyes and those of many others, I'm still including it since it does do the job and many are still happy with it.
You asked about AntiVir--it's what I use and like the best after trying all three. I've posted about this and laid out the reasoning behind my choice and why I recommend it above the others--I don't mean to be a fanboy, but please read them over before you make your decision.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1126417http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1167330http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1184712http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1195300
just received a notice yesterday from AVG stating that the program must be updated by Apr. 12th
are they expecting you to wait until April 12 to do an update ; that seems a long time to NOT update the program doesnt it and run with OUT- dated definitions
You're confusing definition updates with the Program upgrade--or at least that is what it sounds like. As long as definition updates for version 7.5 are still being issued--and you should be able to check some logs to confirm that this is true as ruby1 indicated--7.5 can still be used. I would have to see the exact wording of the message, but it probably means that they are threatening to cut off definition updates on April 12.
Where I think we're getting a little sidetracked is talk about older OS's not being supported. rlight
has not posted which operating system is being used, but unless they say otherwise I figure that the OS is XP or higher--that's what the vast majority of posters are using now. But since even ruby1
seems to doubt whether she can use AVG 8 on 98SE, let's clear this up and give some details of why it doesn't work for older OS's anymore.
First the following page shows exactly which OS can run the latest version of AVG:http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-viru...ee-edition#tba3
The comparison chart shows, among other things, that AVG now scans for and removes "spyware". That is because version 8 integrated the old AVG AntiSpyware (AVGAS) with AVG Antivirus (both free and paid). Before it was AVGAS the application was known by the name given to it by its original developers, ewido
I and others who have done malware removal in the past two or three years are very familiar with ewido. When it first came on the scene it was much like MBAM is now--it would remove malware that antivirus wouldn't, and most of the time Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware had a hard time with as well. Ewido run in safe mode helped clean up a lot of systems in the malware removal forums--and it was freeware.
It was also one of the first security programs to only be compatible with NT-based systems--Windows 2000, XP and above. AVG bought out ewido and renamed the application to AVG AntiSpyware. Now AVG AntiSpyware is integrated into AVG antivirus and that is why the latter is only compatible with NT-based systems.
The AVGAS engine is still very powerful and overall a good program. But integrating it with LinkScanner and the security toolbar, et al, has just caused too many problems so many are dumping AVG. There is, however, an online version of ewido on their old site:http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/